Mike Clark Drum Bundle - Yurt Rock

Mike Clark Drum Bundle

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The Mike Clark Drum Bundle gives you instant access to over 1.3 GB of loops and samples from one of the most influential drummers in history, all at a 25% bundled savings!

This bundle features both Volume 1 and Volume 2 of Mike's critically acclaimed drum libraries. 


Volume 1:

Volume 2:


Save over 80% on this release and dozens of others with The Artist Series Bundle!

Works in all DAWs:

Product Specs:
Number of Loops: 1,410
File Formats: GM MIDI, Audio Loops and Sample, MASCHINE Kits
File Size: 1.32 GB

- Instant Download
- 100% Royalty-Free
- High Quality 24 Bit 48 KHZ WAV Audio

About Mike Clark:
Mike Clark gained worldwide recognition as one of America’s foremost jazz and funk drummers while playing with Herbie Hancock in the early seventies. His incisive playing on Hancock’s “Actual Proof” garnered him an international cult following and influenced generations of drummers. While Mike digs the funk, he consider jazz his first love, and playing that music is what he says feeds his soul.

Besides Herbie Hancock, Mike has performed and recorded with such well-known jazz greats as Christian McBride, Chet Baker, John Scofield, Nicholas Payton, Tony Bennett, Wayne Shorter, Joe Henderson, Donald Harrison, Eddie Henderson, Bobby Hutcherson, Vince Guaraldi, Woody Shaw, Albert King, Larry Coryell, Mike Wolff, Wallace Roney, Billy Childs, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Chris Potter, Bobby McFerrin, Nat Adderly, Oscar Brown Jr., and Gil Evans and his Orchestra.

Born in Sacramento, CA, Mike traveled around the country with his father, a union man for the railroad, and a former drummer himself. His dad had a great appreciation for jazz and blues music, and Mike credits this exposure as forming the foundation for his ability to synthesize many different regional styles. He absorbed the music of America while riding the rails. From age 4, he was a prodigy, sitting in—and getting “house” —- with bands in Texas and New Orleans. By the time he reached his early twenties, he had become one of the founders of the distinctive East Bay Sound coming out of Oakland, California.

During the late sixties, Mike led his own jazz organ trio,. Then he met Hancock in 1973. With Herbie, Mike set the rhythms for the acclaimed group, The Headhunters. Afterwards, he did a two-year stint with Brand X, the British jazz/rock fusion band founded by Phil Collins. With them he recorded ”Do They Hurt?” and “Product.”

By 2000, Mike had made a foray into the popular jam band scene. His group Prescription Renewal pulled together cross-generational talents, such as Charlie Hunter, Fred Wesley, Skerik, Robert Walter, and DJ Logic, and featured special guests such as Donald Harrison, George Porter Jr. of The Meters, Les Claypool, Larry Goldings and fellow Headhunters alumni Bill Summers. He also toured with The Roots Funk All Stars.

Along with James Brown's drummer Clyde Stubblefield, Mike's beats with The Headhunters (most notably “God Make Me Funky”) include some of the most sampled in hip hop. He has been featured in Downbeat, Musician, International Musician & Recording World, Modern Drummer, Jazz Times, Guitar Player, Jazz Is, and numerous jazz history and method books.
Mike is a popular and busy clinician. His latest book, “The Post Bop Drum Book” on Hudson Music is a big hit. A previous book, “Funk Drumming: Innovative Grooves & Advanced Concepts” was published in 2012 by Hal Leonard.

As a bandleader, his release “Give The Drummer Some” earned a rare four and a half stars in Downbeat. “The Funk Stops Here,” a joint effort with Hancock alumni Paul Jackson got five stars, as did 2011’s “Carnival of Soul.” In 2001, his solo CD “Actual Proof” met with critical acclaim, as did the 2003 acoustic jazz release, “Summertime,” featuring Chris Potter and Billy Childs, which spent weeks in the top ten jazz charts. 2009’s “Blueprints of Jazz” featuring Patrice Rushen, Randy Brecker, Donald Harrison, Rob Dixon, and Christian McBride was considered one of the top jazz releases of the new millenium by Downbeat magazine.

In 2012 Mike co-led The Headhunters,’ with original founding member Bill Summers. 2012 saw a new Headhunters' release, “Platinum.” which featured guest turns by Snoop Dogg, George Clinton, and Killah Priest.

Another musically exciting year was 2015. His second Wolff & Clark Expedition CD released in February, and his hard bop band “Indigo Blue Live at the Iridium” arrived six months later, both on Random Act Records. Both CDs featured Christian McBride on bass, Donald Harrison on alto, Rob Dixon on tenor, Antonio Farao on Piano and Randy Brecker on trumpet.
Mike has produced three releases for the spoken word prophet Tony Adamo, indulging ”Miles of Blu” with Tower of Power's Doc Krupka, bass legend Paul Jackson, and Michael Wolff. Along with drum legend Lenny White (Return to Forever), Mike is co-leading Nu Brew, a double drummer experience in new music. He also appears on Tower of Power's organist Chester Thompson's “Mixology.”

During Covid, Mike did many online drum clinics and co-led a record date with Michael Wolff and Leon Dorsey: “Wolff, Clark and Dorsey Play Sgt. Pepper.” On this date they played swinging arrangements of Beatles tunes, acoustic jazz style. He also was a sideman on Leon Dorsey's “Thank you Mr, Maybern” with the late great Harold Maybern and Leon in a hard swinging trio setting, “DSC MonkTime” celebrated the music of Thelonious Monk, once again with Leon Dorsey, with Dorsey and Greg Skaff as co-leaders. He also is a founding member of The StickPeople, an online interview show, along with Lenny White, David Garabaldi, Michael Shrieve and Greg Errico. The four drummers do online interviews with great artists playing jazz, funk, fusion and all things music!

As of 2021, Mike still lives in New York City. His latest CD, “Mike Drop” with sax great Michael Zilber is in the top ten on Jazz Weekly. Mike is with Leon Lee Dorsey and Manny Valera on Leon's new record “Freedom Jazz Dance” which debuted on Jazz Weekly at number 16. He was in Chicago recently with Donald Harrison and the great Fred Wesley; then Donald and Mike left for Indiana to co-lead an organ trio at the famous Jazz Kitchen in Indianapolis. He also just finished a “beats” recording for Yurt Rock which will be out in the fall 2021, along with his newest, “Mike Clark plays Herbie Hancock—Again!” an acoustic jazz recording out next year.

Mike endorses DW Drums, Istanbul Cymbals, Evans Drum heads, and Innovation Percussion drumsticks.

Mike Clark Live w/ Herbie Hancock (The Headhunters):

Founded deep in the hills of Laurel Canyon by Ryan Gruss in 2021, Yurt Rock is the number one destination for musical creation featuring the world's greatest musicians. Here's the story of how it all started.

Ryan's journey in the music business began after graduating from The Berklee College of Music in 2000 with a degree in Musical Performance for Drums, and then moving to New York City to begin his "career" in the real world. He applied for a job at Atlantic Records and he soon found himself at their headquarters, spending his first week filling in for employees and answering phones in different divisions of the company, including the marketing and legal departments. One of those phone calls was from a female asking to speak with the President. Ryan asked for her name and she said, "tell him it's Jewel". "Jewel...?" Ryan asked, trying to get a last name before transferring the call. "Yes. JEWEL", she sternly responded. Ryan was not aware that she was on Atlantic, and not a fan. Apparently, the feeling was mutual. But the story goes on...

It was during his second week at Atlantic when Ryan was approached by the HR department, asking if he was interested in becoming Ahmet Erteguns' (the legendary Founder and CEO of Atlantic) assistant. His mind was blown and he instantly accepted the position.

Ahmet Ertegun - Atlantic Records

This began a mentorship between Ryan and Ahmet, helping him with everything from listening to demos from potential artists and taking notes, to arranging meetings with current and former Atlantic acts like Aretha Franklin, Mick Jagger, and Robert Plant. The executive office suite was unlike anything Ryan had seen before. There was a private chef (this was in a time when major labels were still flush with cash) who would prepare anything you wanted, and Ahmet's office, bigger than most NYC apartments, was literally a museum of music history memorabilia. Ryan suddenly had a front row seat at the top of one of the most influential labels in the world, eating lots of free Foie gras, and the experience would provide the perfect springboard into the music industry. Little did he know, that springboard would soon shatter into pieces.

After leaving Atlantic Records in 2004, Ryan joined an up and coming indie rock band called The Rinse as their drummer. The band was quickly signed to a management deal by legendary producer/manager Peter Asher. Ryan was suddenly on the other side of the music world, now pursuing a career as a professional drummer. Crazy things were about to happen. Like that one night in San Fransisco with Robin Williams...

The Rinse Ryan Gruss

The band toured the US and UK, opening up for bands like Maroon 5 and playing to bigger and bigger audiences. However, the music industry was suddenly in a financial crisis, with streaming and digital downloads crushing the revenue of all of the major labels. The music industry was falling apart and Ryan was right in the middle. After 4 years of playing with The Rinse and a deal with Columbia Records vanishing into thin air, Ryan decided to change career paths and began working in the Digital Asset Management world, designing and operating digital distribution platforms for companies like Nickelodeon and Revlon.

A job offer from the innovation firm Continuum brought Ryan back to Boston in 2008. Finally, with a decent salary, Ryan and his wife moved into a house with a basement that had room for a studio (this was never possible when living in a tiny apartment in NYC). In 2009, Ryan started a blog where he would come home from lunch everyday and record a multitrack drum loop in Logic. In the evenings, he would then write a blog post detailing the inspiration behind each groove, and post the Logic Sessions as free downloads.

It was when music tech blog, Create Digital Music, featured an article about the Logic Sessions, that Ryan suddenly found himself back in the music industry, this time as a producer for producers, creating loops that captured a more "human" feel than anything else out there.

In 2010, Ryan launched The Loop Loft and began recording other musicians and treating it like a record label, providing the artists with royalties from the sales of each loop pack. Word began to spread amongst the studio musician community, and a roster of legendary musicians like Omar Hakim, Joey Waronker, Matt Chamberlain began to form and quickly grow.

For the next 8 years, Ryan continued to organically build The Loop Loft, adding more artists and content on a weekly basis. Partnerships with companies like Ableton, Native Instruments, BandLab and PreSonus were formed. Guitar Center also began to sell products from The Loop Loft. The company was now the top-selling source for loop and samples, generating millions of dollars of revenue each year. It was a career and a company that Ryan had never dreamed of or anticipated, but he had finally found his musical North Star.

It was in 2018 that Native Instruments approached Ryan about acquiring The Loop Loft. It was this acquisition that brought Ryan to Los Angeles, where he moved to Laurel Canyon and became the head of sound content at Native Instruments, creating products like Butch Vig Drums and producing other instruments and effects with artists like Daru JonesEric Krasno, and Jesse Carmichael.

Butch Vig

Ryan left Native Instruments in 2020 and formed Yurt Rock, literally inside of his Yurt studio in the hills of LA. But with the COVID pandemic grinding studio work to a halt, Ryan decided take the time and move his family to Nashville, a place that many consider the music capitol of the world. It was time for a fresh start.

Ryan immersed himself into the Nashville Studio scene, and soon began producing the top session musicians in town including Rich Redmond, Marcus Finnie and again joining forces with Daru Jones, who had also recently relocated to Nashville to join Jack White's band.

With dozens of the world's top musicians, Yurt Rock has quickly become the ultimate source for producers, engineers and songwriters seeking not only loops and samples, but also custom BATTERY/MASCHINE kits, Ableton Live Packs, Logic Sessions, multitracks and much more.  

It's been a wild ride over the past 22 years for Ryan, going from working at Atlantic Records, to touring the world as a drummer, leaving the music industry and then coming back in through an unexpected side door, being a producer for producers.

What does the next  22 years hold? Plenty of exciting collaborations and productions with more legendary artists, custom plug-ins and a new music platform, all designed to improve the workflow and inspire music makers around the world. 

Click here to see what our customers are saying about Yurt Rock.

Ryan Gruss - Yurt Rock CEO

Your loops are 100% Royalty-Free. What exactly does this mean?

This means that you can use any of the loops purchased from Yurt Rock in your own songs and you are free to sell the recording commercially without owing us any money. It’s that simple.

What file formats will I receive?

All of our audio loops and samples are high-quality, 24 bit 48 kHz WAV files. All of our MIDI drum loops are mapped to General MIDI format.

What do you mean by "drag and drop into any DAW"?

For each release that you download, we provide everything into organized folders (by bpm and tempo) that allow you to quickly find the loops and samples that you're looking for. From there, simply just drag and drop the file into Logic, Ableton, Pro Tools, FL Studio and any other DAW that you might be using.

Who is behind Yurt Rock?

Yurt Rock was founded in 2021 by Ryan Gruss. Ryan was formerly the Founder & CEO of thelooploft.com (which was acquired by Native Instruments in 2018). Yurt Rock picks up where The Loop Loft left off, providing access to even more legendary musicians from around the world.

What do I do if I have questions or need customer support?

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Why Yurt rock?

100% Human

We record the top musicians on the planet, giving you access to grooves and sounds that only humans can create. No programming necessary.

Pristine Production

By utilizing a combination of vintage, analog preamps amps and cutting edge digital converters, our loops and samples will shine in any production.

Just Drag and drop

All of our releases and drag and drop ready and work with all DAWs and samplers.

The Yurt Rock Difference

There are a lot of loop and sample companies out there, but Yurt Rock is the only one with an all-star roster of musicians.